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August 22, 2018

What a picnic!

Offering a special thanks to the volunteers who made our summer picnic into such a success -- we had almost 200 guests, with good food and conversation enjoyed by all. Thanks from all at TBN to volunteers Paul and Brenda, Joe Hickey and Anita, Michael Low and Terry, Bob Everett, Betty Prebeg, Paul Storus, Jodie Makin and all the ride leaders. 


Safety tip: Signal your stop

When you plan to stop, ALWAYS warn cyclists behind you by calling out "stopping", and signalling, by pointing your left arm down and toward the ground. That's key to avoiding accidents like the two minor collisions we saw at Cyclon, when riders stopped to pick up something they had dropped. In one of these collisions, the rider behind fell and bruised his hand and missed a precious day of biking.
 

And while we're on this issue, check out the home page for a new collection of weekly safety tips. You never know what you will need to know.


This Weekend: Another chance to GO for a Niagara century

At press time, there were still a couple of slots for our advanced urban roller Toronto-Niagara century ride, which starts from Toronto's Waterfront Coronation Park on Saturday. Check out the website for more details.


A few spots left for PEC camping/cycling this weekend

There's still a few spots on our August 24 to 26, camping and cycling weekend in gorgeous Prince Edward County. Even if you're not a hard core camper, you're sure to enjoy this getaway, at a $40 price that can't be beat. More details are here.

 

Bike stuff in (and near) the city

Here are the latest (non-TBN) bicycle-related events to highlight for the coming weeks, if you're looking for things to do on your bike, or things with a clear biking focus. If you know of other events coming up, please email the Chain of Events editor.

Thursday August 23: Cyclists and non cyclists are welcome at a free screening of the classic bicycle movie Breaking Away, which profiles a small town American teen’s obsession with the Italian cycling teen. The evening starts at 7pm with an optional bike ride from St James Park (at King and Jarvis), and the screening starts at 9pm. 

Thursday August 23: Balkans focused group Turquaz is the guest performer at the latest of the Toronto Bicycle Music Festival's series of evening concerts. This one takes place at Flemingdon Park in North York, starting at 630pm. Check out the festival's Facebook events page for more details.  

Sunday, September 9: Cycle from the Bentway to Humber Bay Park West and take in closing concerts for the Toronto Bicycle Music Festival. There's a concert at noon, then a trail ride and then more music from 2-6pm. No cost and lots of fun. Details here (overview) and here (main concert).

Saturday September 22: Pedal for Portage, Elora. For a donation of $75 (or more, of course) you get to join a 28 km trail ride or a 55 km road ride, plus an event tee shirt as well as breakfast and a barbecue  lunch. Funds raised go to help combat youth addiction.

Sunday September 23: Picton Kiwanis annual Fall Colour Fondo, Prince Edward County. Registration is $45 for this scenic ride through Prince Edward County. Choose from 25, 50 or 100 km routes on a day that will include a pizza lunch at Waupoos Winery and a voucher for local produce.

Saturday, September 29: Ride for Refuge, Toronto. This family-friendly ride (25km or 50km) starts from Ashbridges Bay in downtown Toronto and raises money for hundreds of Canadian charities working with people who are displaced and vulnerable. Registration is $25.

And finally, the Market Gallery in the downtown St Lawrence Market is hosting a special exhibit on Toronto's cycling culture. It runs until November 17, and full-price entry is $8.


Cycling tips: How to stay visible when you ride at night

TBN's website offers a very useful web page of cycling tips and tricks. Check it out. Featured this week: How to stay visible when you ride in the dark -- an important issue as the days get shorter.


Travel with TBN

Here are some of the out-of-town adventures that TBN is offering this year.

Presqu'ile camping August 24-26 

Wolf Den Sept 14 - 16 

Fitz fall hiking Oct 12 - 14 (Waitlist only)

Wolf Den Winter Feb 8 - Feb 10 (Registration opens October 1)

New trip ideas?

Contact Jeannie at weekendtrips@tbn.ca if you have suggestions for a trip or if you wish to lead one. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN.

Reminders

Alan Gordon century ride coming up

Are you ready for the September 9 Urban Roller/Leisure Wheeler 100km century ride, the longest ride of the year for both these riding groups? Enjoy mostly level trails and quiet streets, with many exit points available, as you head from the Beach to Oakville, and then ride back. Lunch at Tim Hortons in Clarkson, and then a rest point and turnaround at Gairloch Gardens in Oakville. More details here and here.

Nominations for August member of the month

Email memberofthemonth@tbn.ca if you want to nominate a TBN member who went above and beyond the normal call of duty in August. Please include your name, the name of the member you’re nominating and what they did. The winner gets a $50 gift certificate and the chance to be recognized as Member of the Year.

Bike parking problems?

The City of Toronto has launched a free web app called BikeSpace to collect data from cyclists to help improve bicycle parking. Using the BikeSpace app, cyclists can highlight areas where new bike parking is needed and report broken and full bike racks, as well as spots occupied by abandoned bikes. Download it to your smartphone from the Apple or Google app stores.

Seeking volunteers

TBN relies on club members to maintain our role as Toronto's best venue for cycling. If you have comments or suggestions about your experience with TBN or would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities with the club, or on one of our club committees, please email club president Ian Rankin at president@TBN.ca.

Deals and special offers on bike stuff, tours, rides etc

TBN partners offer great deals for our members, with discounts at numerous bike stores, bike tours outside Ontario, charity ride registration, and much more. Please support TBN's great partners.

Remember you must present your valid TBN membership card for a discount at any TBN discount partner.


As always, check the TBN website for details of all the rides and other events that are coming up, and remember to check back a couple of hours before a ride in case it's changed or cancelled because of poor weather, or other factors beyond our control.


Remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up. That little TTC logo below will help alert you to any subway closures.


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